The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

manuscript - Christoph von Furer-Haimendorf, Naga diary five

caption: story of girl thief given in marriage
medium: diaries
ethnicgroup: Konyak
location: Wakching
date: 21.5.1937
person: Furer-Haimendorf
date: 1.4.1937-26.6.1937
note: translated from german by Dr Ruth Barnes
person: School of Oriental and African Studies Library, London
text: (176) Wakching 23/5/1937
text: While I was working with Hamlien this morning on the dictionary he told me the following remarkable story. Once when Dzemang's, the Ang of the Bala morung, father Tewang came to Mon he found a stark naked girl tied to a post on the place in front of the chieftain's house where several monoliths are standing. The crime for which the Ang of Mon was exposing the young sinner to general ridicule was that she had stolen ornaments off grave figures. Tewang asked for mercy on behalf of the girl who was young and pretty and the Ang of Mon was quite ready to let the criminal go with the guest to Wakching. On return to Wakching Tewang gave the girl, whose name was Nunlong, to his son Dzemang to be his second wife but Dzemang did not appreciate the gift and the marriage was never consummated but Nunlong stayed in the Ang house and people assumed that Tewang had a relationship with her. Anyway Nunlong later married Yongang (Yanahu, Thepong) (177) and still is living in the Thepong although Yongang is dead now.